AAccording to the New York Times, US secret services warned of a rapid collapse of the Afghan military in July and an increasing threat to the capital, Kabul. In several statements at the time, they questioned whether the Afghan security forces were extremist Islamists Taliban He wrote the paper on Tuesday (local time), citing informed sources, offering strong opposition.
President of the United States Joe Biden On July 8, he publicly declared that the Taliban would not come to power throughout Afghanistan. Despite the progress of the Islamists, he stuck to his withdrawal plans. Meanwhile, the Taliban effectively seized power in the country.
According to the New York Times, the Afghan government is not ready for a Taliban attack. If more cities fall into the hands of the Islamists, it will quickly become one Decline In April, according to the newspaper, the US Secret Service estimated that it would take at least 18 months to capture Kabul. In the summer, however, reports painted an increasingly dark picture of the situation, it said.
An unnamed top government official told the newspaper that even in July, intelligence had not made a clear prediction about the Taliban’s seizure of power. Until a week before the fall of Kabul, intelligence sources said the capture of the Taliban was inevitable. It is not clear whether other reports in the summer assessed the situation in Afghanistan more confidently, the newspaper wrote.
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